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'The Square' director defends Palme d'Or winner's long run time

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Ruben Östlund: “Give me a break.”

In the press conference following The Square winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, director Ruben Östlund spoke about the film’s two hour-plus run time.

Clocking in at 142 minutes, it stars Claes Bang as a museum director whose life goes downhill after an ill-judged PR stunt to promote a piece of performance art called The Square.

Östlund was asked about the running time by reporters.

“Give me a break,” he said. “We subject children to Harry Potter [and] that is over 2 and a half hours. We watch theatre that is over three hours long.  Yes, I understand there is a certain time slot for distributors but really, I think it is silly. 

“If we want cinema to be alive, then we have to focus on different ways to tell a story.”

Östlund also spoke about the importance of winning the Palme d’Or. “Winning this brings »


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Chastain criticises portrayal of women in Cannes films

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Will Smith also called for more “black folks” as the Cannes jury faced the press.

Cannes Jury member Jessica Chastain told press that the representation of women in the Competition films “concerned” her.

At a press conference after the awards were handed out (the full list of winners are here), she said: “I am surprised at how the world views women and how female characters were represented [in the Official Selection films].  It concerned me - I was surprised at the representation of female characters on screen in these films.

“I hope when we include female storytellers they will be more like the women I know in my day to day life. They are proactive, have their own point of view and don’t just react to men around them.”

Toni Erdmann director Maren Ade added: “Men surround this profession,” she said: “It’s not a good impression for other women.  That is wrong - we need more women doing films.  We want »


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Jessica Chastain criticises portrayal of women in Cannes films

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Will Smith also called for more “black folks” as the Cannes jury faced the press.

Cannes Jury member Jessica Chastain told press that the representation of women in the Competition films “concerned” her.

At a press conference after the awards were handed out (the full list of winners are here), she said: “I am surprised at how the world views women and how female characters were represented [in the Official Selection films].  It concerned me - I was surprised at the representation of female characters on screen in these films.

“I hope when we include female storytellers they will be more like the women I know in my day to day life. They are proactive, have their own point of view and don’t just react to men around them.”

Toni Erdmann director Maren Ade added: “Men surround this profession,” she said: “It’s not a good impression for other women.  That is wrong - we need more women doing films.  We want »


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Cannes 2017: 'The Square' wins Palme d'Or; full list of winners

28 May 2017 10:47 AM, PDT

There were also wins for Sofia Coppola, Joaquin Phoenix and Diane Kruger.

The Competition prizes for the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival have been handed out tonight (28 May) in the Lumiere Theatre, with Ruben Östlund’s The Square winning the coveted Palme d’Or.

Pedro Almodóvar presided over this year’s jury that also included Will Smith, Maren Ade, Park Chan-wook, Paolo Sorrentino, Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Agnès Jaoui and Gabriel Yared.

Full list of winners below:

Palme D’Or

The Square (Ruben Östlund)

Grand Prix

120 Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo)

Best Director

Sofia Coppola (The Beguiled)

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here)

Best Actress

Diane Kruger (In the Fade)

Jury Prize

Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

Best Screenplay

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here

Camera D’Or

Jeune Femme (Léonor Sérraille)

Best Short Film

A Gentle Night (Qui Yang)

Short Film Special Mention

Katto (Teppo Airaksinen)

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Cannes 2017: Competition - full list of winners as they happen

28 May 2017 10:47 AM, PDT

19 films are competing for the Palme d’Or.

The Competition prizes for the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be handed out this evening (28 May) in the Lumiere Theatre, including the coveted Palme d’Or.

Pedro Almodóvar presided over this year’s jury that also included Will Smith, Maren Ade, Park Chan-wook, Paolo Sorrentino, Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Agnès Jaoui and Gabriel Yared.

The ceremony begins at around 6:15pm GMT. Watch the red carpet coverage below or Here on mobile.

Full list of winners, as they happen, below:

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here)

Best Actress

Diane Kruger (In the Fade)

Jury Prize

Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

Best Screenplay

The Killing Of Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here

Camera D’Or

Jeune Femme (Léonor Sérraille)

Best Short Film

A Gentle Night (Qui Yang)

Short Film Special Mention

Katto (Teppo Airaksinen)

Palme D’Orgrand Prixbest DIRECTORCannes 70 Competition filmsIn the Fade (Fatih Akin »


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Cannes 2017: Un Certain Regard winners revealed

27 May 2017 12:59 PM, PDT

Mohammad Rasoulof’s A Man Of Integrity among winners.

Mohammad Rasoulof’s A Man Of Integrity took home the Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard strand, which presented 18 films from 22 countries.

The Iranian drama charts the story of a goldfish farmer who finds his principles under serious threat.

Jasmine Trinca won best actress for her performance in Fortunata by Sergio Castellito and best director went to Taylor Sheridan for Wind River.

Trinca plays a young mother fighting for her dream to open a hair salon in the well-sold Italian feature.

Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner star in Sheridan’s feature directorial debut about an inexperienced FBI investigator who teams up with a Wyoming game tracker to solve a murder on a Native American reservation.

The prize for ‘the best poetic narrative’ went to Mathieu Amalric’s Un Certain Regard opener Barbara and the jury prize went to Mexican director Michel Franco’s April’s Daughter »


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Roman Polanski: streaming giants won't kill cinema

27 May 2017 6:21 AM, PDT

The Polish filmmaker discussed his new film Based On A True Story, modern technology and “hangers-on”

Roman Polanski addressed questions on cinema’s future, technology’s role in modern life and the hunger for truth at the Cannes press conference for Based On A True Story, which premieres out of competition at the festival tonight.

On whether audience desire to go see films in cinemas or even Cannes itself might eventually fall victim to the rise of streaming services such as Netflix, the 83-year-old Polish filmmaker said: “I don’t believe there is a basic threat to cinema because I think people go to the movies not because there is better sound or better projection or better seats than they have in their homes, they go to the cinema because they can participate in an experience with the audience around them.”

“This has been the way throughout humanity, whether it’s a Greek theatre or a Roman »


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Cannes press conference: Roman Polanski doesn't believe streaming giants will kill off cinema

27 May 2017 6:21 AM, PDT

The Polish filmmaker discussed his new film Based On A True Story, modern technology and “hangers-on”

Roman Polanski addressed questions on cinema’s future, technology’s role in modern life and the hunger for truth at the Cannes press conference for Based On A True Story, which premieres out of competition at the festival tonight.

On whether audience desire to go see films in cinemas or even Cannes itself might eventually fall victim to the rise of streaming services such as Netflix, the 83-year-old Polish filmmaker said: “I don’t believe there is a basic threat to cinema because I think people go to the movies not because there is better sound or better projection or better seats than they have in their homes, they go to the cinema because they can participate in an experience with the audience around them.”

“This has been the way throughout humanity, whether it’s a Greek theatre or a Roman »


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Could Lynne Ramsay top 'Loveless' on Screen's Cannes jury grid?

27 May 2017 5:43 AM, PDT

You Were Never Really Here made a strong bow on the final edition of the Cannes grid.

Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here shone on the final day of Screen’s 2017 Cannes jury grid, which aggregates scores for all of the festival’s Competition titles from a pool of 11 critics.

The Joaquin Phoenix-starrer received four maximum four-star ratings and garnered an impressive overall score of 3.1.

However, with one score yet to be counted, the film has been unable to dethrone the early pacesetter Loveless, which has managed to retain its crown right through to the end of this year’s jury grid.

If You Were Never Really Here receives a final maximum four-star rating from the remaining critic, it would match Loveless on its score of 3.2, anything less and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film will be confirmed as this year’s winner.

Of the final day’s other new debutants, Francois Ozon’s »


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European cinemas group Unic backs Cannes Netflix ruling

27 May 2017 4:57 AM, PDT

Exhibitors’ body releases statement in support of festival’s Competition decision.

The International Union of Cinemas (Unic) has released a statement in support of Cannes Film Festival’s ruling on the Netflix controversy.

Before the festival began, Cannes top brass announced that, from 2018, films will be ineligible for its Competition unless they are guaranteed to receive a theatrical release in France.

This followed the inclusion of two Netflix titles - Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories - in this year’s Cannes Competition.

Since the line-up was released in April, bodies including the National Federation of French Cinema (Fncf) had been pressuring the festival to take action.

Unic, which represents cinema associations and operators across 36 European territories, has backed the festival’s decision.

Following a meeting of Unic’s board of directors in Cannes, the body released a statement which read, “We would like to express our support for the action of French cinema exhibition colleagues in pressing »


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Cannes at 70: The biggest scandals

27 May 2017 2:30 AM, PDT

The 70-year-old festival has never been far from controversy.

A row over the inclusion of Netflix titles in official competition has cast a shadow over this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with boos for the Netflix logos, clashes between Jury members and a rule changes for next year.

Perhaps it’s appropriate however that a row has been front of centre on Cannes 70th birthday, as the festival is no stranger to a controversy…

1954

Actress Simone Silva’s decision to go topless at a photocall resulted in a scrum which caused several broken bones.

1959

New Minister of Cultural Affairs Andre Malraux formalised Cannes’ burgeoning film market, which has since become integral to the festival and the largest industry event in the global industry. At the time, however, it was a decision not welcomed by all; as a direct reaction to this commercialisation, the French Syndicate of Film Critics (Afcc) was founded.

1960

La Dolce Vita won the »


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Cohen Media Group boards Cannes Competition title ’Redoubtable’

26 May 2017 11:46 AM, PDT

The film is set for a North American release in early 2018.

Cohen Media Group has acquired all North American distribution rights to Michel HazanaviciusJean-Luc Godard biopic Redoubtable.

John Kochman, executive vice president of Cohen Media Group, negotiated the agreement with Eva Diederix, head of sales for Paris-based Wild Bunch and CAA. 

Hazanavicius also wrote the film starring Louis Garrel as Godard and Stacy Martin as his second wife, Anne Wiazemsky that is currently in competition in Cannes.

A portrait of the artist as an angry middle-aged revolutionary, Redoubtable centres on the drama surrounding the shooting of Godard’s 1967 film, Le Chinoise, which starred his then-wife, Wiazemsky.

The romantic dramedy depicts the moment in Godard’s career when his commitment to revolutionary politics began to affect both his art and his personal life.

Cmg CEO Charles S. Cohen said, “We’re thrilled to work with Michel Hazanavicius and we’re especially excited to give this important film a »


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'The Rider', 'A Ciambra' among Directors’ Fortnight winners

26 May 2017 11:14 AM, PDT

Sponsor prizes also go to Claire Denis comedy and Philippe Garrel drama.

Chloé Zhao’s The Rider, Jonas Carpignano’s A Ciambra and Claire Denis’ Let The Sunshine In were among Directors’ Fortnight films to pick up awards tonight.

Although the strand is a non-competitive, some sponsors hand out prizes.

The Art Cinema Award for a feature film went to Chloé Zhao’s The Rider, which was recently snapped up by Sony Classics for North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Europe.

The film tells the story of a cowboy (played by Brady Jandreau) who embarks on a road trip through America after a near death accident.

The Sacd Award for a French-speaking feature was given jointly to Philippe Garrel’s Lover For A Day and Claire Denis’ Let The Sunshine In.

The latter, an unusual change of gear for Denis, is an eccentric relationship comedy of ideas, starring [link=nm »


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Oscilloscope acquires Viktor Jakovleski’s ‘Brimstone & Glory’

26 May 2017 11:04 AM, PDT

Documentary premiered at this year’s True/False Film Festival.

Oscilloscope has acquired North American rights to Viktor Jakovleski’s Brimstone & Glory and plan a theatrical release for later this year. 

Mongrel is selling international rights to the Court 13 and Department of Motion Pictures production funded by Cinereach.

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers that engulfs the town for ten days. 

Artisans show off their technical virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own displays, and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. 

More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry’s sake. 

Jakovleski said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Oscilloscope as a partner. Their passion for cinema as a big screen experience is evident in their »


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Cannes 2017 Cinéfondation winners revealed

26 May 2017 9:20 AM, PDT

Cristian Mungiu lead the jury at the 70th edition of the festival.

The winners of the 20th Cinéfondation Selection at the Cannes Film Festival have been announced.

The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 16 student films, chosen out of 2 600 entries coming from 626 film schools around the world.

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu was president of the Jury that also included Clotilde Hesme, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Barry Jenkins and Eric Khoo.

They handed out the prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films, which were:

First Prize:

Paul Est LÀ (Paul Is Here)

Directed by Valentina Maurel

Insas, Belgium

Second Prize:

Heyvan (AniMal)

Directed by Bahram & Bahman Ark

Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran

Third Prize:

Deux ÉGARÉS Sont Morts (Two Youths Died)

Directed by Tommaso Usberti

La Fémis, France

The Cinéfondation allocates a €15,000 grant for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third.

The winner »


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'Makala' triumphs at Cannes Critics' Week

26 May 2017 9:19 AM, PDT

The first ever documentary to play in the sidebar’s competition scoops its top prize.

The 2017 edition of Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week strand has come to a close, with Emmanuel Gras’ documentary Makala [pictured] scooping the Grand Prize.

The film, which is the first documentary to play in the sidebar’s competition, follows a Congolese peasant who dreams of a better life for his family. Les Films du Losange handle sales.

Screen’s review called it “an intimate, slow-building chronicle”.

The Critics’ Week Visionary Award was presented to Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa’s Gabriel And The Mountain. It also scooped the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution.

Barbosa’s second feature, after 2014’s Casa Grande, follows a young idealist on a journey to Africa who learns more than he bargains for at the top of Malawi’s Mount Mulanje. Films Boutique handles sales.

Screen’s review described the film as an “uplifting drama” with an “inescapably emotional air of »


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Us rights for Aardman's 'Early Man' picked up by Lionsgate

26 May 2017 6:59 AM, PDT

Studiocanal animation features Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams.

Lionsgate has acquired Us distribution rights to new Aardman animated feature Early Man from Studiocanal.

The film will be released by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label, with Lionsgate also handling licensing and merchandising in the territory.

Early Man is directed by Nick Park (Chicken Run, Wallace And Gromit) and will be released in the Us on February 16, 2018 following Studiocanal’s European release.

Studiocanal will distribute in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams and was supported by the British Film Institute (BFI) with National Lottery funding.

Lionsgate and Studiocanal’s last Aardman collaboration was Shaun The Sheep Movie.

Set at the dawn of time, Early Man tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug, along with sidekick Hognob, unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game »


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10 Dolby Cinemas to open in France and the Netherlands

26 May 2017 6:37 AM, PDT

Dolby partners with Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé to expand presence in Europe.

Dolby and Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé have revealed plans to open ten Dolby Cinema sites in France and the Netherlands.

Seven sites will open in France, including in Massy, south of Paris and Nice, and three in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Dolby has not yet announced the other locations, but said that some sites could open in autumn 2017.

Dolby Cinema features the Dolby Vision laser projection system and Dolby Atmos sound technologies and is a competitor to IMAX in the premium cinema sector.

In the past two years, more than 325 Dolby Cinema sites have been installed or committed to across the globe. More than 85 titles have been released or announced in the Dolby Cinema format to-date, including Alien: Covenant and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049.

There are currently five Dolby cinemas in Europe; Vue Hilversum and Vue Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Cinesa La Maquinista »


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Ten Dolby Cinemas to open in France and the Netherlands

26 May 2017 6:37 AM, PDT

Dolby partners with Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé to expand presence in Europe.

Dolby and Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé have revealed plans to open ten Dolby Cinema sites in France and the Netherlands.

Seven sites will open in France, including in Massy, south of Paris and Nice, and three in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Dolby has not yet announced the other locations, but said that some sites could open in autumn 2017.

Dolby Cinema features the Dolby Vision laser projection system and Dolby Atmos sound technologies and is a competitor to IMAX in the premium cinema sector.

In the past two years, more than 325 Dolby Cinema sites have been installed or committed to across the globe. More than 85 titles have been released or announced in the Dolby Cinema format to-date, including Alien: Covenant and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049.

There are currently five Dolby cinemas in Europe; Vue Hilversum and Vue Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Cinesa La Maquinista »


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British Urban Film Festival gets BT backing

26 May 2017 6:28 AM, PDT

London festival to be held at BT Tower in 2017.

The British Urban Film Festival (Buff) has received backing from telecommunications giant BT.

For its 2017 edition, BT will host the festival’s events at the BT Tower in London. This includes the Buff awards ceremony, which will also be broadcast on BT.com.

The company will also have the opportunity to broadcast films from the festival on its BT TV store platform.

Buff founder and CEO Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe said: “There’s nothing quite like going to the cinema to experience film though we can now safely say that come September there will be nothing quite like going to the BT Tower to experience film.

“The BT British Urban Film Festival will enable BT to showcase the breadth of great creative talent from the leading film festival for diversity in the world.”

Tony Singh, business affairs and business development director, BT TV said: “We are delighted to be working »


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